In a fast turn-around on Tuesday in the ongoing BBL season, the Adelaide Strikers and Hobart Hurricanes will face each other. On Sunday, both teams met each other all by themselves. Thanks to an early collapse for the Strikers, the Hurricanes won the clash by 11 runs to protect 174 runs. But the innings revived their tail-enders to add an unbeaten 61 for the 10th wicket, which supported their net run-rate.
Nevertheless, for the Hurricanes, it was the second triumph in as many matches, and they will be keen to continue their winning streak. The Adelaide Strikers, on the other hand, are helped by the return of Alex Carey, who was with Australia A for the day-night warm-up match against India. Ben McDermott has joined the squad for the Hurricanes as well and is available to play this game.
Due to rain, this match is likely to be interrupted. There is a chance of heavy rain for the entire day in Launceston, and there is a 38-40% chance of it coming down during the match time.
Despite something in it for the pacers, the pitch at Aurora Stadium is a good one to bat on. As the race progresses, the track will slow down, so the first four overs will be critical in the BBL game sense.
Although spinners could have a say in the result, at this venue, 170 is expected to be a competitive score. Both teams should look to bat first, as during the game the circumstances are not likely to change much.
Peter Handscomb (c&wk), D’Arcy Short, Will Jacks, Colin Ingram, Ben McDermott, Tim David, James Faulkner, Riley Meredith, Johan Botha, Scott Boland, Nathan Ellis
Alex Carey (c&wk), Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Matt Renshaw, Jonathan Wells, Ryan Gibson, Rashid Khan, Daniel Worrall, Danny Briggs, Wes Agar, Peter Siddle
Hobart Hurricanes vs Adelaide Strikers Dream 11:
Ben McDermott (c), Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb (wk), Philip Salt, Jake Weatherald, Will Jacks, Matt Renshaw, D’Arcy Short, Wes Agar, Rashid Khan, Scott Boland
Just two days ago, both teams played against each other, where the Hurricanes did not get a big margin past the Strikers. Strikers got closer to the goal by the last wicket partnership, but in the end, it was left just too many. Hurricanes have a small advantage over Strikers, winning the first two matches of the competition. As they defeated the same opposition in the last game, they are going to be a confident side.
Despite being down and out the way Worrall and Briggs got the last game closer demonstrates the character of the Strikers unit. Expect the Strikers to come back strong in this game and give a tough battle to the Hurricanes.
We’re backing the Hurricanes to win their third match of the series with BAJI!